Restoring Old Furniture to Its Former Glory

You’ve found the perfect piece of furniture on the side of the road – filled with possibility to look like its beautiful self with some TLC. Furniture restoration can be tricky at times, but rewarding when it turns out right. Here are some tips to restoring a piece of furniture to its former glory:

  • Make sure you have the time – Restoring projects can be time-consuming, so consider how much time you want to devote to this piece of furniture before you start.
  • Do your research – Inspect your new piece to determine its value before you start your project. Inspecting for things such as dovetail joints, which look like interlocking puzzle pieces and can be used to connect the sides of a drawer to the front, these can be an indicator of age. If this is the case, you should have a professional antique appraiser value the piece before you begin any work that may decrease the value.
  • Budget – You need to decide how much money you want to spend on this project before you start so you don’t spend more than you intend to.
  • Taking it apart – Take several pictures of the original piece and of how it looks when you’re taking it apart. Also, label hardware and individual pieces when you remove them so you remember where they go.
  • Have an idea of what it will look like – To get an idea of the true grain of a piece, look for an unworn area to tell you what color the finished product will ideally look like.
  • Safety – Wear long sleeve clothing to protect your skin from chemicals, wear safety glasses to protect your eyes and make sure you work in a well-ventilated space to stay safe from fumes.
  • Thoroughly Clean – Before you start sanding, painting or staining – make sure you give the piece a good cleaning. Use a sponge, some vegetable-based oil soap and warm water to wipe it down. You can use a soft toothbrush or sharpened wooden dowel to get into hard-to-reach spaces. If you need to use steel wool for stubborn spots, make sure you use the 0000 grade (the finest grade) and don’t rub too hard.
  • Repairs – Before you determine that a part needs to be replaced – which can be costly and time consuming – try tightening or replacing screws, using wood glue to fix small breaks and stainable wood putty for small cracks.
  • Refinishing – Be patient when removing finishes – a combination of chemical strippers and sanding does the trick, but it takes some time.
  • Staining or Painting – Research the kind of stain you’ll need first or consider painting the piece. Just remember if you paint, it will decrease the value of the piece, so ensure it isn’t valuable before you do this. Before you paint, sand out any bumps to get a smooth finish and give it a good cleaning.

With these tips, you will be on your way to changing that piece of furniture you found on the curb into the perfect accent piece for your home.

Buying Flooring: Ceramic or Stone Flooring

Our Buying Flooring Series is designed to help you make an informed decision when purchasing flooring. To learn more about the types of flooring we offer and how we can help you choose the perfect flooring for your home, visit our website www.rusmurfloors.com

Ceramic or stone tile flooring is incredibly versatile and highly adaptable to many rooms and situations. It’s easy to maintain, durable, almost impervious to water damage and gives any room an elegant and distinctive look. Tile flooring comes in many shapes, textures and colors so you can find the perfect tile to match any decorating style.

Navigating your tile choices can be tricky, but our experts have complied their top tips for shopping for tile. To start, choose the type of stone you’d like to use – Either Natural Stone or Ceramic:

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  • Natural Stone (Granite, Marble, Limestone, Slate): Granite is high density so it can resist bacteria and moisture, making it ideal for kitchens. Marble is not as tough as granite so it’s best used in lower traffic areas. Limestone is even softer than marble, making ideal for decorative tiles only. Slate tile is naturally slip resistant and very durable, making it a good choice for any room.
  • Ceramic (Glazed, Mosaic, Quarry, Porcelain): Glazed tiles are available in high-gloss, matte and slip-resistant; high-gloss is best for wall tiles or decoration, as they are slippery when wet. Glazed tiles are noticeable when chipped, so they are best used for walls. Mosaic tiles resist moisture, are stain-proof and will not chip easily. Quarry tiles are porous, come in a variety of shapes and can stain if unsealed. Lastly, porcelain tiles are wear-resistant and absorb less water than other ceramic tiles, so they are best suited for high traffic areas that are regularly exposed to moisture.

Once you’ve determined the type of flooring you’d like to use, there are a few other considerations you’ll need to make:

  • Choose a Size: Tile flooring can come in various sizes – from 1 inch to 24 inches square. Smaller tiles are best suited for smaller rooms so they don’t overpower the décor. Larger tiles can help make a big room seem less busy.
  • Tile Weight: Tile floors are heavy, so the sub-flooring must be sturdy enough to support the weight of the floor.

At Rusmur Floors, we offer the largest selection of flooring in the tri-state area, making it easy to find what’s right for you. Our experts are happy to help you choose the perfect tile type and style to fit your needs for any room in your home. Stop in to one of our five showrooms to learn more today!

How To: Choose a Color Scheme for Your Home

Decorating your home is a great way to let your personality shine through, and choosing the colors is one of most important aspects of decorating. So, where do you start? Here are some tips to make picking a color scheme as simple as possible.

  • bhg-colorsCreate a sample board – Identify patterns and colors you like best; choosing your favorite colors is the best way to successfully decorate.
  • Decide on the mood of the room Different color palettes create varying moods – this should be considered when choosing colors. Light blue, for example, is bright and refreshing; violet, on the other hand, creates an air of serenity.
  • Create color consistency – To ensure your home has overall color consistency, take into account which rooms are visible to each other; these colors will need to play off of one another. Open all the doors to the rooms in the house and determine how much of each room you can see from other rooms.
  • Test it out – Any paint or home improvement store can provide you with small samples of paint colors to test out on your walls – you will need to see how different lighting affects the color and how it plays against the furniture.

If you are still unsure about picking a color palette, go with neutral colors and use accent colors on pillows, rugs and artwork to liven up your room.

Kick start your color search by visiting our Color Inspiration board on Pinterest!

Buying Flooring: Carpet

Our Buying Flooring series is designed to help you make an informed decision when purchasing flooring. To learn more about the types of flooring we offer and how we can help you choose the perfect flooring for your home, visit our website www.rusmurfloors.com.

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Carpet is flooring for your home that is comfortable and fashionable. It’s also quiet and insulates well from the cold to keep your home toasty. When it comes to buying carpet, you want beautiful flooring that’s durable and affordable while representing your unique personality. With all of the options to choose from, buying carpeting can be a daunting task if you’re unprepared.

From types of carpeting to choosing padding, our experts have compiled their top tips for shopping for carpet:

  1. Choose a Carpet Type: Carpeting comes in three basic types – Cut Pile, Loop Pile and Cut & Loop Pile. Pile refers to the fiber yarns that are tufted or sewn into backing and how these yarns are cut and twisted helps determine the texture and durability of the carpet.
  2. Choose a Fiber: Carpeting can be made from a number of different natural or synthetic fibers. The fiber of carpeting determines the specific degree of wear and stain resistance. For example, wool carpeting offers a beautiful look with excellent durability and stain resistance as a result of tightly packed, natural fibers. However, these qualities also make wool carpeting more expensive than options made from synthetic fibers.
  3. Choose a Style: If you’re looking for something more formal, a plush Velvet or Saxony carpeting gives a luxurious feel to any room. For a more casual, or versatile, room, a durable carpet style like Berber or Frieze tends to work best.
  4. Choose Padding: Padding is just as important, if not more important, than the carpeting itself. This cushiony layer is critical to the quality of your carpet installation. You should always use a quality backing, but be sure to follow the padding recommendations made by the carpet manufacturer. Different types of carpeting require different padding so it’s important to foot test your carpet and padding choices in store before buying.

At Rusmur Floors, we offer the largest selection of flooring in tri-state area – Making it easy to find what’s right for you. Our experts are happy to help you choose the perfect carpet type, fiber and style to fit your needs and any room in your house. Stop in one of our five showrooms to learn more today!